Internships and Fellowships at the Inquirer, Daily News, and


Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the Inquirer, the Daily News and, will launch an inaugural class of Lenfest Fellows in June 2018.  The two-year competitive fellowships will be awarded to six emerging journalists of color who exhibit strong digital-first skills.

The application period for the fellowships has now ended.

In the Fall and Spring Semesters, Philadelphia Media Network will sponsor part-time internships for academic credit. During the academic year, each intern will work 15 hours a week, preferably in two 7.5-hour shifts to be arranged by the student with his or her supervisor. Pay is $7.25/hr. The shifts may include night and weekend work.

There will not be a company-funded internship program this summer. No further inquiries about summer internships are being accepted.   


July 15 for the Fall. Nov. 30 for the Spring.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS (Not all internships will be offered in each semester):


Reporter: Reports and writes news, business, sports and/or feature stories for print and online. 


Applicants are encouraged to possess multimedia skills and be familiar with digital photography, video journalism and editing software.



Photographer: Takes news and sports photographs and produces multimedia stories for print and online.


Applicants are encouraged to possess multimedia skills and be familiar with digital photography, video journalism and editing software.

Ability to shoot, edit and transmit photos and videos from location.

Attention to detail and accuracy. Adherence to journalistic ethics.

Knowledge of newspaper style.

Access to a car and a valid driver's license are required.


Page production editor: Edits copy, writes headlines and photo captions, proofreads, can do page design.


Interns will be expected to know style, grammar and content, and write accurate headlines and captions consistent in tone with the story.

Ability to maintain a flow of copy and headlines and to meet deadlines is critical. High proficiency in grammar and knowledge of newspaper style such as the AP Stylebook.

Adherence to journalistic ethics. Candidates must pass an editing test/interview.

A car is not required.


Digital internships: Offered in summer only on the homepage or interactive projects team through the Dow Jones News Fund's digital program. Applications should be made through the fund. See the fund's webpage for more information.



Audience Development Intern: Monitor social media scheduled for topical channels. Social media influencer identification, list building, and viral story lookout. Organize and draft best practice and training materials under the supervision of experienced staffers. Help identify under-served audiences and their needs, specifically in the millennial demographic. Assist with community management efforts


Ability to write—well and quickly.

A genuine love for and excitement about the internet A strong understanding of the social web and apps.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team.

Ability to balance a fast-paced working environment with the need for precision Tech savvy, and up to date with all the latest trends.


Videographer: Takes and edits news, sports and entertainment videos and assists in the production of multimedia presentations.


Applicants are encouraged to possess video, lighting and audio production skills and have familiarity with editing programs like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.  

Attention to detail and accuracy. Adherence to journalistic ethics.

Knowledge of newspaper style.

Access to a car and a valid driver's license are required.

DEPARTMENTS (Reporting):

Interns will contribute to sections with  a heavy component of interactive, multimedia and Web-based journalism. Interns may be assigned to the Power and Policy, News Features, Features and Entertainment, Business, or Health desks depending upon their background and interests. Some interns may be assigned to work from the offices in Conshohocken or Cherry Hill; because of this, we ask candidates to state if they will have access to a car.  (Interns are not required to have a car.) Duties may include covering breaking news, meetings, events and news conferences, writing obituaries, and localizing national stories. They also will be expected to contribute various multimedia components to the website. 

Features interns will work on the DoThis section and other sections as needed. Applicants should have strong writing, reporting and multimedia skills, and an interest in pop culture, arts and lifestyle topics. Supervisor will be a features editor; a features reporter will act as mentor.

Sports interns will cover high school, college and general assignment events on deadline. Some computer expertise is necessary because stories may be filed on location using a laptop. Applicants must have a car. Assistant sports editors will supervise and mentor.


The students will be evaluated as determined by the academic advisers. The supervising editor will discuss progress regularly with each student.


Each intern applicant must be an enrolled student -- preference is given to juniors and seniors. For the Fall and Spring Semesters, the intern must be receiving academic credit for the internship or be under the supervision of a faculty member if credit cannot be obtained.

He/she must submit:


  • A cover letter
  • A resume that includes: previous journalism experience; 3 to 5 clips (in the case of a graphic artist, photographer or online applicant, a portfolio; copy editors may submit headline clips, but none are required)
  • A credit confirmation letter from the academic institution (fall and spring only)
  • To an interview by phone or in person, if The Inquirer requests one
  • Contact information – email address, phone, etc.
  • For reporter candidates, indicate on your application if you will have access to a car during the semester you are applying for



Materials for all internships except for photography may be submitted electronically to:

For photography, use


If using US mail, address to:

David Sullivan, Assistant Managing Editor

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Box 8263

Philadelphia, Pa. 19101

If using a service such as FedEx or dropping off at The Inquirer’s front desk, the address is:

The Philadelphia Inquirer

801 Market St. Suite 300

Philadelphia, Pa. 19107


Make sure your application contains a resume and clips or links to them.

Photography materials should be sent electronically to

For other information, contact David Sullivan at 215-854-2357 between 2-6 p.m. Mon-Fri


They will work as full-time reporters, photographers/videographers, and multimedia journalists, and further hone their skills as digital storytellers. They will receive  salary and benefits. The fellows will also have mentors, participate in weekly seminars, and work on a fellows-only project designed to bring more younger readers to our platforms.

The goal of the fellowships is to create a hiring pipeline to further diversity our newsroom and other newsrooms, broaden our coverage of the region, and engage with audiences that don’t connect with us today.


Applicants are required to:


Please combine your cover letter and resumé into one file, and upload your application here.


Deadline to apply is Feb. 10.  The first class of fellows will be notified on March 1. The fellows will start on June 11, 2018.


 If you have additional questions, email Michael Days at